CFP: Textile Society of America Symposium


New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future.
Textile Society of America’s 14th Biennial Symposium
Los Angeles, California, September 10-14, 2014

The theme of the TSA symposium: New Directions: examining the past, creating the future will take a special focus on change and innovation in textiles in the past, and will look at the state of the field of textiles, textile study and production, today and for the future. Where have we been and where are we going? What are the moments that encapsulate change, shifts in direction for cultures, technology, creativity and knowledge?

Proposed papers should look at important moments in history when innovations or new ideas caused cultures to shift (materially, technically, aesthetically, or conceptually) or present new approaches, new research methods, new ways of understanding the past. They may also focus on key innovators, makers, designers, or scholars whose contributions have had a major impact, or examine critical social, political, economic or artistic processes. Papers could look at the past or present, examining elements of daily life or ideas that impact our world through the medium of textiles, whether from environmental, scientific, economic, social, or artistic perspectives. In addition, papers might look to the future and the pathways of knowledge or production that yield new ways of seeing, making, and understanding textiles.

In addition to the general Call for Papers, including individual papers, organized sessions and panels, films and other media submissions, we invite papers that may be considered for the plenary day. The review committee will select from among the general submissions that cogently and directly address the theme of the symposium.

The symposium sessions will be held at the University of California Los Angeles UCLA and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA.

TSA seeks presentation proposals from all textile-related disciplines and interdisciplinary areas, including but not limited to anthropology, archaeology, art, art history, conservation, cultural geography, design, economics, ethnic studies, history, linguistics, marketing, mathematics, political science, and science, among others. Participation of international and U.S. scholars, researchers, artists, museum professionals, and others is welcome.

Submission of abstracts is open to TSA members. All persons submitting proposals for participation in the 2014 symposium must be TSA members in good standing for 2013 at the time of submission. Non-member applicants may join TSA at the time of proposal submission. If extenuating circumstances exist, please email

CFP closes October, 1, 2013. The Program Committee will inform all those submitting proposals of its decisions by December 1, 2013.

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